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Welcome to golden-coast sounds. This site aims to bring you information and ramblings about some of the West Coast's best music!

Incredible man, Greg Loiacono and his band Sensations have a new record: Listen to My Shapes. You can order it from

Check out our Golden-Coast review from a recent show they played. 

As for the new record? We'll keep this review real brief and just explain it in one word: incredible! All the songs are written by Greg, and he is backed by Paul Hoaglin on bass (and other stuff) and Todd Roper on drums and Jeremy on violin. The 11 tracks are rocking, sensitive and at times shocking. The album could be the bastard child of some sort of Beatles/Zeppelin union in early 1970. But really, it is just pure Greg ... Paul and Todd.

California soul rock band, Mother Hips have released a great new EP called Red Tandy. Check out this awesome review on this new effort. In other reviews, check out this outrageous review on Jambase of the Great American Music Hall shows and the state of the Hips.  

Santa Barbara favorite, Spencer the Gardener has released its first new album in some time: "Run Away With LuLu." You can now get this album on iTunes.

Old time friends of, Animal Liberation Orchestra (ALO) has recently put out its best record ever -- Fly Between Falls. These former Santa Barbara boys have now relocated to the San Francisco area and years and years of playing, writing, and touring has brought them to this point: An outstanding new album, and a terrific live show. They even convinced their old UCSB pal, Jack Johnson to sing on one of the tracks ("Girl I Want to Lay You Down"). They are touring with Jack Johnson this summer. (Photo: ALO playing acoustic in Utah. Jenna Lebowitz) 

Golden-coast has been turned on to wunderkid, Jackie Greene from Sacramento Ca and we are stoked on  this kid's new album Sweet Somewhere Bound. Go listen to it at his web site or via Apple's i-tunes. It is incredible. The first two tracks blew us away but after a week with the whole album we're astounded by this new talent. A live performance in Los Gatos, Ca confirmed our suspicions. This guy (and his band) is the real deal.Also, you can heck out an interview and set by Jackie on NPR.

San Francisco treat, Chuck Prophet, has some cool new stuff on his web site. Check out his podcast of songs he and Kelly Stoltz recently played. It's a nice listen. Also, Chuck has a relatively new music video, shot in one of our favorite places in the world: Aquatic Park, San Francisco, Ca. Watch it today.

Mother Hips documentary movie, Stories We Could Tell, is now onsale. This terrific new documentary from PackBlack Films is available at Check out this Golden-Coast review of its San Francisco premiere.

Like Mother Hips? Like surfing? Well, a new surf documentary movie, The Far Shore, features some great 1970's era surfing and traveling, and guess what? Mother Hips music. Check out our interview with the stars from the film in, Golden-Coast Goes Inside The Far Shore.

Looking for a great dose of Americana music? Tom Ball and Kenny Sultan play a a bunch of dates in their home town of Santa Barbara, CA and beyond. They describe their music as good time blues. They've been at it for over 20 years and are a treat to see live. Check 'em if you get a chance.

For acoustic blues lovers, be sure to check out guitarist, Kenny Sultan's new record, West Coast Blues.

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  • The Hips List. Wondering what they played a LaSalles back in '96? See this page for a look at what the Hips have played over the years.

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